'Bee World' creation at haven

Work on a wildflower haven has started today to help reverse the decline of bees in England. Gosport & Fareham Friends of the Earth have been planting seeds at Titchfield Haven as one of more than 60 'Bee Worlds' springing up around the country.

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Save the bees: Volunteers create wildflower habitats

The region's bees remain under threat with the latest figures revealing a third of the south's colonies failed to survive this past winter. On the Isle of Wight there are plans to avoid cutting back vegetation on some roadsides to preserve habitats.

Another way of tackling the decline is to create new habitats and today volunteers began work on a new wildflower meadow at Titchfield Haven in Hampshire. When its complete it will be the sixty-second 'Bee World' created by the Friends of the Earth environmental group. Nia Mason reports.

The interviewees are Tim Pratt, the Co-ordinator, Gosport & Fareham Friends of the Earth; Karima Englefield, Assistant Ranger at the Titchfield National Haven Nature Reserve; and Caroline Dinenage (Conservative), Karima Englefield, Assistant Ranger at the Titchfield National Haven Nature Reserve; and Caroline Dinenage, the MP for Gosport.

'Bee World' creation at haven

European Union voted to ban certain pesticides because it was so concerned about the fate of bees Credit: Press Association Images

A wildflower area in Hampshire is being created to help bees. It's one of more than 60 'Bee Worlds' springing up around the country providing a purpose built habitat to reverse the insect's decline.

The area in Titchfield Haven will have long lasting flowers providing vital food for threatened bees and other pollinating insects.

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